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Join our family on our lovely wooded land near the river Ceira, Coimbra, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 5 Jul 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    We are Hannah and Jasper (hi!) and we have 11,500 square metres of flat, wooded land near the river Ceira. We have a house that is being slowly renovated, and other buildings, too. We are a vegan family who come and go all the time for work. We have a cat resident 100% of the time and a 9 year old boy who is resident 50% of the time! We are looking for someone to regenerate our 15m2 veg and flower garden which we do not have time to do ourselves unfortunately; to help with wood chopping, moving and storing and to play/encourage/teach our son Portuguese! Someone to cycle with him to market on a Sunday and buy fruit, to play in the river with him.....lots of creative opportunities here, too. Alternative living, big music fans (recorded music, piano, guitar and drums here.) We are looking for someone to potentially stay for at least a few months if we get along.
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  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have had many visitors who have fallen in love with the area here. Some have learned craft skills from us, others have made new friends, had the chance to develop their existing skills in childcare or gardening; mostly people have loved being around a vegan family and learning ways of living different to their own. Our skills include; lighting (rock and roll; psychedelia); woodwork; craft; arts workshops; home education; vegan living/nutrition/cooking; life laundry/help with organisation and
    planning; floristry; alternative parenting. Hannah is also a runner and enjoys swimming at the river spots/beaches and cycling/fitness.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We would be looking for 4 hours work per day, 5 days per week. Garden work (from digging and seeding to planning and planting, weeding and watering), helping Jasper with the wood and (when he is present) hanging out with our son. It is vital that you speak fluent Portuguese. There are many other 'alternative' types in this locality and you would be able to meet our friends and their kids and expand your network.....if you fancied it we have other things you could join in with, from painting walls to bike maintenance, to making puddings from our apples!!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Double mattress in own room in house; we have a beautiful compost toilet building; a bathroom with hot water heated by a quick and easy fire and a handbuilt kitchen with gas and wood ovens. Workawayers will have access to all fruits, vegetables, pulses, jams, peanut butters, breads, pastas, oats, plant milks, spices, oils, rice, sprouted beans etc.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are closest to Coimbra which is a lovely city to explore. We will give you lifts in and neighbours will be happy to take you as well, we all go once or twice a week to shop, for cinema, music etc. It's best to Google the area of Lousã and Goís to see what you may like to experience! Our place has hammocks you can chill in and read, we have many books in English. You will need to be happy with your own company (particularly if we are both away for work at the same time) but as mentioned, there are friends and neighbours and the cat ;) Ideally you have studies to keep up, or you are a musician or artist or have other skills you can practice in your spare time. We have a 420cm trampoline, small geodesic dome and also friends who do acrobalance and trapeze ;). There is a weekly women's circle if you identify with being a woman also.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have great wifi and lovely spaces for working. The terrace (under the balcony) normally has music playing, the house where you would stay is quiet (unless building work was going on that day using poser tools!) The studio is the place for quiet if there is noise elsewhere. The balcony is large and you can chill out there, too.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a compost toilet and an outside electric hook-up for campervans, which is close to the kitchen and bathroom.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We are very happy to host dogs IF they do not chase - we have neighbours that regularly pass our unfenced property on bikes, by car and on foot. Also your animal would be in danger if it roamed.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4 hours/day,5 days/week

Host ref number: 663719899359



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